My second favorite week of the spring is coming up – Relays Week (want to take a guess on what #1 is? Click this link for a hint and let us know if you agree). Once again, all eight of the Ivy schools will be heading to the legendary Franklin Field to participate in the 121st running of the Penn Relays. Many members of Hepstrack have some strong ties with the Relays, whether it be as an athlete, coach, or volunteer. Throughout this upcoming week, we will be sharing some of our Relay stories with HepsNation as we countdown to the start of the Relays.
But in relation to this year’s carnival itself, we have pulled together the list of HepsNation entries. Upon review of the entries (available through PennRelaysOnline.com), we have observed the following:
HepsNation has three returning watch winners from last year entered in this week’s competition – Penn’s Noel Jancewicz (heptathlon), Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe (hammer throw), and Yale’s Kevin Dooney (5000m). They will be contesting the same events where they already have a watch. Ratcliffe and Dooney join Princeton’s Elizabeth Bird (steeplechase) as the #1 seeds in their respective events.
Meanwhile, Cornell’s Stephen Mozia previously won a watch back in 2013 in the Shot Put Championships. He’s entered in the same event to try to get a second one.
Meanwhile, Penn’s Sam Mattis is a three-time Relays discus champion when he was in high school (2010 – 2012) and he will be aiming to get a collegiate watch this year in the college championship event.
We also have two returning divisional champions from last year – Cornell’s Grant Sisserson (Eastern PV), Harvard’s Elliot Safo (Eastern LJ). Both men are moving up to the Championship level in their respective events.
Thomas Awad (Penn), who won the Olympic Development Mile last year, is not entered in an individual event, but we anticipate him running in at least one of Penn’s distance relays that’s been entered in the meet. He actually was present during the Penn Relays Press Conference held last week where he shared the team’s excitement of hosting and racing at the Relays:
“A lot of people don’t know… everyone thinks that Penn Relays starts on Thursday, but it’s really Tuesday. We’re working out and then we go for our cool down, we come back and there’s like 300 kids in Franklin Field getting ready to run their middle school races and stuff. This is the most exciting time, seeing it all come forth. And then when we get here on Thursday, it’s just going to be crowded and all of the excitement. As a team captain, our team is so excited to be here and representing our school at our own track. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re all real excited for it.”
Meanwhile, all eight Ivies have teams entered in the College Men and College Women 4x100s and College Men 4×400 heats.
While we do not have a list of who will be running which relay, we do anticipate seeing some alumni racing for their graduate schools (i.e Oregon, Stanford) or club teams. We will report who in what when we share the results.
For a full list of entries and the overall HepsNation competition timetable, check out the “more” link below: